It is widely reported that up to 120 million tonnes of plastics are reaching the oceans every year. This March, Sky announced an impact investment fund, Sky Ocean Ventures, to support early stage businesses and start-ups working on scalable solutions to this growing threat to the environment. Oceanium, based at the European Marine Science Park, is one of 10 successful projects to benefit from this new funding.
The BBC Alba 'Trusadh' documentary, 'Toradh na Mara' explores the challenges of creating a balance between Scotland's ever growing aquaculture industry and the environment.
The programme is available on BBC iPlayer for a limited amount of time.
Worth a watch - you may even see some well-kent faces, as a number of Argyll aquaculture businesses and research projects are featured.
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The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has managed to secure a stand at the heavily over-subscribed aquaculture exhibition, Aqua Nor, Trondheim, Norway on August 20 and 21. This is an important meeting place for the aquaculture industry takes place very second year. It is the world’s largest aquaculture technology exhibition, with attendance from worldwide fish farmers, suppliers, researchers and officials.
Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) visited the European Marine Science Park and SAMS on 30 May. He toured the facilities and met academics from the University of the Highlands & Islands partnership and senior managers from Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Businesses are being offered a free day’s trial of flexible hot desk work spaces in three locations in the Highlands and Islands.
Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is making the offer to mark National Co-Working Day on 6 June.
New and start-up companies, not yet ready to invest in an office, will be able to find out how it would feel to join a co-working community where they can share workspace and bounce ideas off like-minded people.
The hot desking venues are The Moorings on Oban’s European Marine Science Park, NEXUS on Inverness Campus and Horizon at the Enterprise Park Forres in Moray.
Three leading researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) UHI, Oban have received academic promotions from the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Michele Stanley and Finlo Cottier each received the title of Professor, while Claire Gachon has been awarded the title of Reader.